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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organizations, business entities, or other institutions making films with the intent to educate. The AFA is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated to documenting the history of this imprtant film genre, now endangered by the movement by many media libraries to divest their film collections. The AFA also engages in special research projects, and documents and collects films that consist of rare or unusual material relating to social conventions and mores.

The AFA's holdings consist of approximately 6,000 16mm films. A recent audit indicated that approximately 12% of the AFA's collection consists of films that are no longer in distribution.

The objective of the Academic Film Archive as it relates to the Internet Archive is to provide public access to films that are no longer in distribution, thereby contributing significantly to the history of film, society, and education.

Please click www.afana.org for more information including biographies and filmographies of significant academic filmmakers.

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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Paul Hoeffler Productions
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Depicts a whale hunt in the Indian Ocean off the coast of South Africa. Shows life on board the whaler and events preparatory to the finding and killing of these mammals. Explains that whaling is an important industry centered at the port of Durban in South Africa.
Topic: whaling
Academic Film Archive of North America
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This film discusses the pottery industry of Puebla, Mexico and describes the creation of Talavera tile. Here we see the entire process, beginning with digging mud and preparing clay. The film shows potters, painters, and firing in the kilns of the La Trinidad factory. Shows use of lead-based slip (not approved by OSHA) and perforated squares used to outline the designs in the tiles for the painters.   A beautiful and lost film detailing an important element in the culture of Puebla.
Topics: Mexico, pottery
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Herman J. Engel
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Compares water with benzene as a gas, liquid and solid, and explains the distinctive properties of water in terms of hydrogen bonding between molecules. Features experiments by John A. Skarulis and William H. Pasfield.
Topic: chemistry
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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Observes the work of intern Karin Mack at Philadelphia Hospital, showing various duties and the way in which she deals with medical, emotional, and human problems in a large, poor, city hospital. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: internship
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Reginald LeBorg
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Here, Jose Iturbi plays piano and harpsichord, the latter a two-manual unit in a beautiful interpretation of a piece by Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Topics: piano, harpsichord, Baroque, harpsichord, jose iturbi
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Internatonal Film Foundation
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This most interesting film describes a typical day of an upper-class teenage boy in Mexico City. We begin by joining a typical upper class Mexican family at breakfast. Soon, his friend picks him up in a new Opel coupe to go to the Escuela Moderna Americana prep school. There are no Mexican Indians in the film, with the possible exception of the family maid. The film essentially portrays elements in the family culture, education, and socialization of Mexico's future leaders.   Films such as...
Topics: Mexico City, teenager
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Milan Herzog?
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Ever wanted to take a peek at the inside of the world's largest Van De Graaff generator? The engaging Dr. David Lutyens does that here, and pulls apart a small one to show how it's constructed. This "lost" film was never distributed, and is a rare Kodachrome answer print from the collection of the late Milan Herzog. We surmise that it was intended to be part of a series entitled 'Physics Course for Secondary Schools,' to be distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica films. Here, Lutyens...
Topics: Van De Graaff generator, electrostatics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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Considers the conflicts over freedom of the press between the public's right to know, guaranteed by the First amendment, and the duty of all citizens to cooperate with criminal investigations to discover and punish wrongdoers. Shows how a reporter's protection of confidential sources can lead to important Constitutional conflicts over these issues. For more on filmmaker Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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In roughly 1950, Ray Garner filmed this silent footage home movie of wife Ginny and 5-year-old daughter Gay, probably taken in the Vulture Mountains Recreational Area near Hassayampa, Arizona. Gay and Ginny hang laundry, wash dishes, cook, and pitch tent. Ray pulls out one of Gay's upper teeth. The film shows the Garners' white Plymouth woodie wagon. A sign describes the "Hassayampa Legend," which suggests that women and girls who drink from the river will never tell the truth...
Topics: Vulture Mountains Recreation Area, Hassayampa, Arizona
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Berlet Films
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Presents a history of the greater sandhill crane, including the conservation efforts to save this once endangered species. For more on directors Walt and Myrna Berlet, visit http://www.afana.org/berlet.htm
Topic: birds
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Francis R Line; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
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Shows yearly spring migration of a herd of 1,547 sheep across the wildest, most inaccessible area of the United States - the Tonto Basin near Phoenix, Arizona.  Diorector Line traveled for 52 days on foot along with 60 y/o driver Rosalillo (sp?) Lucero, through Salt River near Phoenix, and storm-driven Sierra Ancho range, where they spent 9 days traveling and camping in the rain.Finishes at Mogillón River in White Mountains.  Many shots of filmmaker Line, harrowing foootage of sheep, horses,...
Topic: Arizona
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willis Simms
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A soundtrack was never added to this fascinating film, a futuristic fantasy showing Willis Simms’ students at Highes Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California, making animated pictures and transparencies in the classroom. The film shows how animation is done, transparencies, etc., shows students working on animation in classroom. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topic: student-made film
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by Ray Garner
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This film was originally produced with a musical soundtrack, now lost. It features compelling shots of Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park. For more on Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
Topic: Grand Canyon
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ginny Hashii; Carousel Films
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This film offers a profile of a Japanese-American family who teach their daughter the traditions and arts of their ancestors, which they have incorporated into their American lifestyle. The family is Vic and Joyce Hiraga, daughters Jenny and Julie, and Joyce's mother Mary Fujiwara. Origami, flower arranging, and cooking are discussed. There is also a brief discussion of Japanese-American internment war camps. The film emphasizes relationship between grandmother and granddaughter.
Topics: Japanese-Americans, internment camps
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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Part II of director John Barnes’ four-part opus on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Through the revelation of the character of Oedipus, Bernard Knox is able to present the play as a kind of detective story that deals with the old religion of Greece and the new ideas that were challenging it. Selected scenes from the play show the actions and motives of Oedipus. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Oedipus, classical Greece
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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An analysis of good and evil in the character of Macbeth as interpreted by actor-director Douglas Campbell. Gives a dramatic portrayal of scenes from the play that show how the lust for violence overcame the good in Macbeth.For more on director John Barnes and the controversy over the making of this film, visit: http://www.afana.org/macbeth.htm
Topic: Shakespeare
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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This film brings alive the life and times of thousands of years ago in ancient Israel. Depicts the beauty of the land which gave birth to three religions, the sites where heroic deeds took place, and the towering splendor of the ancient works. For more on Ray Garner, visit http://www.afana.org/garner.htm
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Topic: Israel
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Isidore Mankofsky;
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Presents pure spirituals as they were sung during the 19th century on St. Simon's, an isolated island off the Georgia coast.  Was made on the San Fernando Valley St. Coll. Campus.  Songs include: Moses, Yonder Comes Day, Buzzard Lope (Throw Me Anywhere Lord), Adam in the Garden (Picking up Leaves), and Down in the Mire (Bright Star Shinning in Glory).  Singers are: John Davis, Emma Ramsay, Henry Morrison, Mabel Hillary, Bessie Jones.
Topics: singing, spirituals, Georgia Sea Islands
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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Lecturer David Grene analyzes Greek lyric poetry, showing the place of poetry in private social gatherings, in the temples of the gods, in the great athletic stadia, and in the theaters. Mr. Grene gives special attention to the works of Sappho, Pindar, and Aeschylus. Includes a dramatization of the choral ode from Agamemnon. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Greek poetry
Academic Film Archive of North America
by BFA Films
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Akira, a Japanese-American youth, describes how it feels to be a part of two cultures. At home, traditional Japanese customs are practiced. At school and with his friends, he leads a typical American boy's life. Today, several decades later, Akira Tana is one of the best-known jazz drummers in the San Francisco Bay Area: www.akiratana.com
Topic: minorities
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willis Simms
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Willis Simms, best known for his student-made films, made this film himself. Animated by white paint on a series of black cards, Simms here describes the making of a coiled clay bowl. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents aspects of day-to-day life in Venice, a city that is most renowed for its historic sites and large tourist trade. Tells a story about a boy who loses a prized model ship on the waterways of his city. For elementary grades. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Venice
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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Explains that during the reigns of strong kings, the Crown had tremendous power, but when a weak king was on the throne, the barons asserted their rights. Dramatizes events after the crowning of John which brought the conflict between kings and barons to a climax and resulted in the signing of the Magna Carta. Filmed in England. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: magna carta
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Stephen White
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Using a large-scale Millikan apparatus, the value of the Coulomb force constant is determined. Hosted by professor Eric M. Rogers.
Topic: PSSC physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Departmento de Instruccion Publica, Division de Educacion de la Comunidad
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This film presents the traditional music of Puerto Rico. Tracing the influences of various people of Puerto Rico on the music, the accents of "La Plena" are heard in the music of typical songs and are illustrated by the San Juan Ballet troupe. This rare film was made for the Puerto Rican government, and focuses on the "bomba" and "plena" song forms, and on the mountain jíbaro culture in which they thrive. Music is by Sindo Mangual y su grupo de pleneros, Mon...
Topics: Puerto Rico, jibaro, jíbaro
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by Ken Meyer
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For almost 35 years, Conrad Schwiering has painted the Teton Range with a reverential, almost religious, devotion to the grandeur of his surroundings. For Schwiering, it is the mountains themselves and the rugged individuals who live at their feet that make his canvases spring to life.
Topics: Grand Tetons, Wyoming
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bernard Wilets
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An open-ended film which shows lawyers arguing the constitutional issues concerning freedom of religion during an emergency hearing of a transfusion case in which the life of an unborn child is threatened because of the religious beliefs of the parents.
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by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
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Documentation of the first lunar landing and rock samples brought back by astronauts have unlocked many mysteries of moon geology. This film shows scientists at Houston's Lunar Receiving Laboratory analyzing clues to a once-secret past. Animated segments illustrate the origins of lunar topography. Other segments show how moon rocks provide clues to the origins of the earth.
Topic: geology
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Stuart Roe
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This film contrasts the peaceful pace of nature with the daily activity of society in order to show the importance of conservation. It promotes an appreciation of outdoor life by contrasting the separate activities of a California family in the city with their togetherness on a weekend camping trip in a primitive area. Photographed by John Lindstrom, it features the Harrang family.
Topic: nature
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Film Associates; Dennis Roshay
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Follows the course of a waterfall from its source through mountains and meadows, to formation of a valley lake. Includes scenes of glacier - carved rocks, wildflowers, meadows, rivers, brooks and wildlife. Creates a classroom atmosphere which stimulates inquiry into the need for conservation of America's natural resources and natural beauty. Filmed in Yosemite.
Topics: conservation, Yosemite
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by Jon Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the South Central region of the United States.
Topics: geography, United States
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Recreates the conflict of Roger Williams with the Puritan leaders of New England, including his attempts to achieve separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, and protection for minority groups; the heresy trial resulting in his banishment from the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and his decision to establish the new colony of Rhode Island. Starring Donald Moffat. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Roger Williams, Donald Moffat
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
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Alemann filmed the construction of a swimming pool at her home in Los Angeles at 1021 San Pascual Avenue, showing her backyard being drastically changed. The construction of a swimming pool is documented, from the reconstruction of her back yard to the sequential construction process. Out of the footage, she created a marvelous film about swimming pools, featuring neighborhood children and her dog Pucci. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topics: swimming pool, California ranch house, suburb
Academic Film Archive of North America
by José López Moreno
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This exceptional and rare film portrays a traditional type of organ grinder in Madrid. The barrel organ is a portable instrument that uses perforated paper cards that produce music when passing over a roller surface, activating a bellows and blowing air through a tuned pipe.  This film follows the organist and his young son pedaling the organ to various places in Madrid, including the San Antonio de la Florida chapel and Plaza Mayor. Scenes include people throwing coins from windows and the...
Topics: Madrid, organ grinder, Spain
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of pantomime.
Topics: marcel marceau, pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willis Simms
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A wild film made by Simms’ Animated Art class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, focusing on galloping, flying, and growling animals, and features a fascinating abstract art sequence, with music by the Hughes Jr. High Stage Band, conducted by Elliot Myro. A second Simms film, 'Progress?'follows 'The Romp. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Lane Slate
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#7 in the "Circus" series. Studies the artistry of past and present trapeze artists through use of old and new film footage. Features Alfredo Cadona, Antoinette Concello, the flying Artones, the flying Alexanders and Adrian Catarzi. Spotlights the triple somersault, one of the most difficult circus skills. Directed by Mallory Slate, produced by Lane Slate, edited by David Hanser.
Topics: acrobats, trapeze
Academic Film Archive of North America
by National Educational Television Film Service.; KQED-TV
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Explores the design and simulation capacities of the digital computer. Shows how the computer is used in a chemical plant, a sugar refinery and a flight center where it plays an important role in the designing and testing of the booster stage of the Saturn rocket." Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL's Dr. Helmut Holzer; Thomas Barron, Shell Development; C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, CA with IBM 1401 computer and Richard Brooks, Coordinator of Operations & Research;...
Topic: computer history
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Jon Wilkman.
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Director Jon Wilkman proposed to revolutionize geographical educational films by telling the story of the land through the stories of its people, in their own words, in the eight films in his "Geography' series. The films involve people of several ethnicities. In Middle Atlantic Region (1976), for example, a black truck driver tell how racism affects his business, a satisfied white ad exec who wants her children growing up in New York City is juxtaposed with a struggling single black...
Topics: geography, United States
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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Part III of director John Barnes’ four-part opus on Oedipus the King, by Sophocles. Oedipus, representing the worldly liberal thought infusing Greek civilization, is beaten by the gods. The play asserts that man, no matter how great his ability, is subordinate to God. Through the revelation of the character of Oedipus, Bernard Knox is able to present the play as a kind of detective story that deals with the old religion of Greece and the new ideas that were challenging it. Selected scenes...
Topics: Oedipus, classical Greece
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Wills Simms
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A wild film made by Simms’ Animated Art class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, focusing on galloping, flying, and growling animals, and features a fascinating abstract art sequence, with music by the Hughes Jr. High Stage Band, conducted by Elliot Myro. A second Simms film, 'Progress?'follows 'The Romp. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topic: student-made film
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Jon Wilkman Productions
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Examines the people, industry, economy, and landscape of the South Atlantic region of the United States.
Topics: United States, geography
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Alemann Films
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Shows the transition in America from traditional designs in architecture and art to a unique, modern style. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topic: architecture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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Relates how Clarence Earl Gideon, convicted of a felony in a Florida court, believed that a judge's refusal to appoint a lawyer for his defense violated his constitutional rights. Explains that the decision of the Supreme Court was a landmark in the history of American justice. Director John Barnes describes Gideon in the film as "ex-convict, wanderer, a former gambler, the devoted father of three children, and a man with a deep sense of his legal rights." Barnes, who sent Gideon...
Topics: Bill of Rights, Clarence Earl Gideon, Constitution, Supreme Court
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents geographic and cultural aspects of Italy with an account of one family living on a small farm, who, unlike many Italians seeking modernization, avoid mechanization in preference for a simple way of life. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Italy
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Examines the theme of the play Macbeth, replete with concealed meanings and paradoxical situations. Features dramatic portrayals of scenes from the play by director-actor David Campbell and other actors of the Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-on-Avon, Ontario, and the Old Vic in London. For more on director John Barnes and the controversy over the making of this film, visit: http://www.afana.org/macbeth.htm
Topic: Shakespeare
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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One in a series of twelve films in which the great French mime Marcel Marceau performs some works from his repertoire. In his introduction he talks about the possibility of creating a variety of characters for a single sketch, almost establishing a little world of its own. Bip gets dressed for a society party, but has considerable trouble showing interest in the people he meets and becomes progressively more inebriated while exchanging meaningless pleasantries with his fellow guests. For more...
Topics: pantomime, mime
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp
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This is the second of a two-part film made by John Barnes on Charles Dickens' novel 'Great Expectations.' The direction and acting are stellar. For more on Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: Dickens
Academic Film Archive of North America
by United States Department of the Army.
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Explains the magnetron and klystron and the basic theory of operation of each. Describes use in radar. U.S. Army Training Film T.F. 11-1567.
Topics: microwave, radar, technology
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation.
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Presents Marcel Marceau representing all soldiers in all wars as he performs as Bip. Reveals that playing soldier can be fun, but that war is tragic. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: mime, pantomime
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Time, Inc. March of Time
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   This 1948 film takes a critical look at the commercial radio broadcasting industry, focusing on its excessive commercialism It includes, from 9:08 to 9:51, footage of Lee de Forest, inventor of the grid Audion, reading his famous admonition to the NAB: “To the National Association of Broadcasters, New York City. Gentlemen: What have you done to my child, the radio broadcast? He was conceived as a potent instrumentality for culture, fine music, the uplifting of America’s mass...
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Topics: radio, celebrities, Lee de Forest
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britanncia
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Features Marcel Marceau performing as Bip, whom he calls his 'silent alter ego.' Shows Bip stumble, fight for balance and joyously strive to become a great skater on illusionary ice. For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: mime, Marcel Marceau
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willis Simms
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This film was created by Willis Simms' animation students at Hughes Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topic: ecology'student-made film
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
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Focuses on the new creativity of American architecture. Explains that in past centuries city architecture in the United States revealed worldwide influences and the diverse cultures of the past. Shows that American architecture eventually broke with tradition and that the wide variety of imaginative designs which are being created have a modern identity and are of national origin. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topic: architecture
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willis Simms
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This film follows each step in the production of a 16mm film on the travels of Marco Polo made by seventh graders, and shows the motion picture the students made. Willis Simms’ 7th Grade Art Class at Hughes Jr. High School in Woodland Hills, California, is shown crafting papier-mâché figures and painted backdrops for a film that was made over two semesters. Music by Robert Clark, narration by daughter Ellen Simms and neighbor Kenneth Jones. Distributed by ACG. For more on Simms, visit...
Topic: student made film
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willis Simms
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A silent film made by Simms’ Animated Art class at Hughes Jr. High in Woodland Hills, California, showing aliens in UFOs first investigating, then attacking the earth. For more on Simms, visit http://www.afana.org/simmswillis.htm
Topics: UFO, alien, student film
Academic Film Archive of North America
by J Presper Eckert; Ernest Nagel; Charles R DeCarlo; KQED-TV
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J P Eckert, co - inventor of Eniac, discusses the question 'WILL MACHINES EVER RUN MAN.' Dr Ernest Nagel of Columbia University and Dr De Carlo of IBM point out man's responsibility in using science and technology." Also A.L. Samuel, IBM; Richard Hamming; Larry Roberts, M.I.T. Speech Recognition program; Norbert Wiener, M.I.T. Emeritus
Topic: computer history
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Dr. Gilbert Highet presents the basic framework of the Odyssey, providing the general background of the Trojan War and the events in Odysseus' home while he was away. Dramatizes highlights of the travels of Odysseus. For more on director John Barnes, visit: http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Weston Woods
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A guided tour of the Weston Woods Studios, both past and present (1981), showing the unique artistic processes used in adapting books to motion pictures and filmstrips. Tour guided by Morton Schindel, the founder and president of the company. Author Gerald McDermott is shown reading from his book "Arrow to the Sun." For more on Schindel and Weston Woods, go to http://www.afana.org/schindel.htm
Topics: children's books, picture books, animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Dr. Gilbert Highet points out that the Odyssey is an epic peom and a tale of heroic conflict, that the story has three different themes skillfully interwoven, and that all three are based on one central moral truth. For more on director John Barnes, visit: http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: Homer, Ancient Greece, Ancient Greece
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Made by Willis Simms' 6th Period Art Class at Hughes Jr. High, Woodland Hills, California. The film depicts the making of the film as well as the finished product, with Bolex camera, the construction of miniature sets, lighting and splicing. The jazz sound track is performed by Robert Clark, music teacher at Hughes Jr. High. The narration was done by veteran actor Marvin Miller. The girl shown splicing footage is Simms' daughter Laura. For more on Simms, visit...
Topic: student film
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by John Barnes; Encyclopedia Britannica
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Presents an interpretation of The Painter In Central Park by Marcel Marceau.For more on filmmaker John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: pantomime
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by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films
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New York Times' art critic John Canady discusses various aspects of several major medieval cathedrals of France, including Conques, Autun, Chartres, Amiens, and Rheims. Explains the symbolism of the architectural and sculptural styles, and pointing out that the cathedral stands as a visable summary of the philosophical and intellectual world of the Middle Ages. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topics: art, cathedral
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by KQED, NET Film Service,
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Explains that the computer is a universal machine in that it is capable of doing whatever man is capable of instructing it to do. Shows how decisions from a computer depend on data and instructions put into it. Discusses the problem of a universal machine language." A.L. Samuel from IBM describes his checkers-playing computer program. UC's Ernest Koenigsberg of CEIR; Also with J. P. Eckert; Richard Hamming; Fred Gruenberger; Thomas Barron, Shell Development Corp; Charles R. DeCarlo,...
Topic: computer history
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by Johanna Alemann
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Reveals the many-sided heritage of American architecture. Explains that traditions in architecture were brought to the United States by people of many different nationalities, and that they were blended with historical styles reaching back in time to ancient Greece and Rome to produce a culture uniquely American. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
Topic: architecture
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by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, inc.
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Traces the history of England from the Norman invasion in 1066 to the crowning of King John in 1199, dramatizing incidents in the reign of King Arthur, Henry I, Stephen of Blois, Henry Plantagenet, and Richard the Lionheart. Explains how the background of feudalism sets the scene for the meeting at Runnymede, which resulted in the drafting of the Magna Carta. Filmed at Runnymede, England. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
Topic: magna carta
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by Courter Films
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Shows how corn is ground into flour in a mill built in 1844, in Stillwater, New Jersey.
Topics: Lifestyles, American History
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by Bernard Wilets
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Follows two brothers, ages fifteen and eighteen, after their arrest, pointing up differences between adult criminal procedures and juvenile law. Asks whether it would be better if juveniles were treated as adults, subject to criminal sanctions but granted constitutional rights. Raises questions about the paternalistic character of juvenile justice and the constitutional issues involved in reform of the juvenile justice system. Filmed with the Seal Beach, California PD. For more on director...
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by Larry Yust
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Describes the procedure by which a seaport receives cargo for distribution. Shows conveyor systems, pumps, and electromagnets used in handling goods; and explains the work of seamen, longshoremen, and customs officers. Shows the port of San Francisco and the SS President Cleveland. Shows old SF Muni streetcars stacked and ready for scrap, four longshoreman standing around doing nothing while another unloads bananas. Discusses roles of personnel on ships, loading and unloading. Ship passes under...
Topics: seaport, San Francisco, longshoremen's union, port, shipping
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by Kevin Smith
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Qualitative demonstrations of photoelectric effect, using sun and carbon as sources. Experiments measure energy of photoelectron emitted from a potassium surface. With John Strong, assisted by William T. Plummer. The film was directed by Gene Kearney, noted for his film adaptation on Conrad Aiken's 'Silent Snow, Secret Snow' ( https://archive.org/details/silent_snow_secret_snow  )
Topic: PSSC physics
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by John Barnes; Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corp
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Features Marcel Marceau in a performance of his legendary pantomime piece. For more on director John Barnes, visit http://www.afana.org/barnesbio.htm
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Topics: pantomime, Marcel Marceau
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by Bernard Wilets
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An open-ended film designed to instigate discussion on what constitutes an unreasonable invasion of privacy, focusing on the Fourth Amendment, Search and Seizure. Presents a case in which an electronic surveillance by the police at a bookmaking operation results in the issuance of a search warrant, arrests, and a pretrial hearing. For more on director Bernard Wilets, visit http://www.afana.org/wilets.htm
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by Bernard Wilets
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An open-ended film in which lawyers present their arguments concerning the due process of law clause of the fifth amendment during a hearing to reinstate a student who has been summarily suspended after an act of violence at a campus demonstration. Explains that the due process of law is, by its very nature, time consuming, whereas the need to avoid violence and anarchy is often immediate. Questions if there are times when due process should give way to summary punishment in violation of the...
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by Richard O Moore; KQED-TV; National Educational Television Film Service.
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Explains how the development of the computer has made possible the automatic control of routine tasks in government, industry and general business. Shows how computers are used by the Social Security Administration and by several industrial plants." Shows computer at Numerical Machining Co. in Cleveland; Standard Oil's El Segundo plant & IBM 836 (?); Richard Hamming; Jay Wright Forrester, M.I.T., George Dantzig, UC School of Engineering
Topic: computer history